It was on August 2, 2014, when thousands of spectators thronged the National Stadium to the rafters to watch the much-anticipated Kabelano Charity Cup. For Rollers’ fans, the tournament presented them with a rare chance to get a glimpse at one of their new signee – Segolame ‘Smah’ Boy just joined the club from the relegated Miscellaneous of Serowe. While many players freeze on the big stage, Boy proved to be a real gem as he controlled the proceedings with ease from the middle of the park against Extension Gunners in the second semi final. Donning jersey number 11, the skinny yet talented midfielder capped his debut with a brace to help his side to a 7-0 routing of the Peleng giants. When the final whistle blew to confirm Rollers’ place in the final against Mochudi Centre Chiefs, many fans were left eating their fingers asking for more.
“There is no doubt that we’ve found a replacement for Tsotso Ngele (who left Rollers to join South African side Platinum Stars),” said Rollers’ fan Thapelo Mogami as he awaited what promised to be a thrilling final against Chiefs. Since the charity event six months ago, Boy has been a marvel to watch with his silky skills thus making Rollers clear favourites to win the League championship until recent weeks when Rollers succumbed the lead to rivals Mochudi Centre Chiefs. His performances tempted national team coach Peter Butler to hand him a debut against Senegal in the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers last November. In the League he has netted five goals while in the Mascom Top 8 he has already rattled the net thrice. While there is no doubt about his talent, it was the game against Kaizer Chiefs which won him the approval of many, even those who are not Rollers’ supporters.
Against established stars like Willard Katsande and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Boy called the shots with ease.
He was rewarded when he found the back of the net in the 48th minute of the clash to level matters after Rollers conceded in the sixth minute. “It was disappointing that in the end we lost but I’ve no doubt we worked tirelessly as a team. We were under no pressure because we knew nobody gave us a chance to stand the test of time. The coach (Madinda Ndlovu) told us to go out there to enjoy ourselves and we did just that. I’ve no doubt that I did my job,” said Boy. Rollers have a chance to make amends when they host Amakhosi in the return leg on February 28. “We’ll go out there to reverse the score and I’ve no doubt that we can do it. With our support behind us we can score a goal or two to eliminate them,” he added. Rollers need a 1-0 win to proceed to the First round.
Three years ago, Boy could not have imagined that one day he would play at the stadium which hosted the 2010 World Cup final match between Netherlands and Spain. It was in the same turf which the likes of Iniesta, Xavi Alonso, Artjen Robben and Robin Van Persie battled it out. In 2012, Boy was a 20-year-old who was playing football for fun in the Constituency League in Serowe before Miscellaneous snapped him up. It was not long before Rollers came calling. “It has always been my wish to play for a bigger club and when Rollers came calling I didn’t hesitate. I knew it was going to be a challenge to win a starting place but I was ready to give it a try. Fortunately I’ve been in the starting line-up since I got here. I’m now thinking of moving on to the South African Premier League. Hopefully the move will be possible at the end of the season,” said the 23-year-old midfielder.
Despite being in the spotlight every week, Boy said he is not worried but motivated to do better. “I’m a firm believer in hard work hence I’m not afraid of challenges,” he concluded.┬á